Andrew Benioff is the Founder and Chairman of the Independent Lodging Congress focusing on idea generation for the hospitality, travel and lifestyle sectors. Mr. Benioff has 15 years’ experience in the operation and management of luxury hotels. He has held management and executive level positions at Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Nikko Hotels International, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the U.S., and a traditional Ryokan (Inn) in Atami, Japan. Mr. Benioff is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Llenrock Group, LLC, a real estate investment banking and advisory firm, and a Principal at Linden Lane Capital Partners, LLC, a value-added real estate investment firm. Mr. Benioff previously served as managing partner and head of the hospitality and leisure finance group at a Philadelphia-based real estate investment-banking company. Mr. Benioff was the Founder & Chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Cornell Real Estate Council and is the Founder and Chairman of the Philadelphia Real Estate Council. He also serves as a member of the Governing Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. He received his M.B.A. with a focus on Finance and Real Estate from Cornell University’s S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and holds a B.A. from Connecticut College.